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Physical Therapy for Chronic Pain

When most people hear the term “physical therapy” they probably think of a patient recovering from an accident or operation. While physical therapy is definitely used to help accident victims and people recovering from injuries or surgeries, there’s another class of individuals that can benefit from physical therapy: People who suffer from chronic pain. That’s right! Stimulating the muscles with targeted exercises and therapeutic methods can improve pain.

Written by GAOrtho Admin on Thursday August 25, 2016
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Hip Replacement Surgery on the Horizon? Here’s What to Expect

Few people look forward to undergoing a major surgery. People suffering from hip pain due to osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and traumatic arthritis do, however, look forward to relief from debilitating hip pain, improved mobility, and a better quality of life. If your orthopedic doctor is recommending a standard hip replacement surgery, here’s what you can expect.

Written by GAOrtho Admin on Thursday August 11, 2016
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Sprained Ankle? When in Doubt Have it Checked Out!

At one time or another, you’ve probably thought to yourself, “I’m carrying the weight of the world on my shoulders.” That’s a burden, for sure. But think about the weight your ankles must carry each and every day! On a good day, that’s a heavy load to bear. If you’re typical, though, your ankles will experience their share of not-so-good days. Ankle sprains are common among people of all ages and activity levels.

Written by GAOrtho Admin on Monday August 1, 2016
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Tennis Elbow: Not Just for Tennis Players

Even if you don’t know the difference between a lob and a volley and equate love with hugs and kisses rather than keeping score, you can still develop tennis elbow. Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) occurs when the tendons that attach the forearm bone to the outer portion of the elbow become weakened, due to overuse or trauma, placing extra stress on the arm, forearm, and hand muscles.

Written by GAOrtho Admin on Thursday July 14, 2016
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Common Causes of a Common Complaint: Back Pain

One of the most common reasons patients call to schedule appointments at Greater Austin Orthopaedics is back pain. We call back pain whose cause hasn’t been diagnosed “general back pain.” Fortunately, most general back pain dissipates in less than a month. For those experiencing the pain, though, that is a very long month indeed. If your pain is moderate to severe, it’s best to let our specialists evaluate and diagnose the cause to speed your recovery.

Written by GAOrtho Admin on Wednesday July 6, 2016
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Heating Pad or Ice Pack: Which Should You Reach For?

There are approximately 640 muscles, 206 bones, 900-plus ligaments, and 4,000-plus tendons in the human body. Even if you lead a sedentary lifestyle, you’re bound to sprain, strain, bump, or bruise some of them from time to time. When you experience pain that’s bothersome but doesn’t quite meet the threshold for making an appointment with your orthopedic doctor, you probably head to your medicine chest and take an aspirin or acetaminophen tablet. If the pain continues you may seek relief from a heating pad or an ice pack. Before you administer hot or cold therapy, make sure you’re using the right one. Otherwise, you could do more harm than good.

Written by GAOrtho Admin on Friday June 17, 2016
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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: You’ve Heard of It, but What is It?

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, orthopedic surgeons perform about 260,000 surgeries each year to relieve the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. Almost half of carpal tunnel syndrome cases develop as a result of work-related activities. You’re probably familiar with the name carpal tunnel syndrome, but unless you or a close friend, relative, or coworker has developed this condition you may not know much about it.

Written by GAOrtho Admin on Thursday June 2, 2016
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Knee Replacement: Is A Total or Partial Replacement Right for You?

If you suffer from severe knee pain, you know how debilitating it can be. Severe knee pain prevents you from engaging in strenuous activities you once enjoyed, such as running, dancing, fishing, tennis, golfing, and skiing. More importantly, it can make even simple activities like walking or changing positions in your sleep excruciating.

Written by GAOrtho Admin on Friday May 20, 2016
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Sprain versus Strain: What’s the Difference?

With spring in the air and swimsuit season right around the corner, gyms are crowded with people anxious to shed extra pounds they packed on over the winter. Hike and bike trails are packed with runners and cyclists anxious to log miles before the blazing summer heat settles in. In spring, doctors also see an uptick in patients with sprain and strain injuries. If you experience muscle or tendon pain, bruising, swelling, and/or stiffness, those symptoms indicate you may have a sprain or strain. Read on to learn what the difference is and how to treat it.

Written by GAOrtho Admin on Wednesday May 4, 2016
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When to Suspect a Rotator Cuff Tear

With spring in full swing, so is baseball season. When our two Texas teams, the Houston Astros and Texas Rangers, met up recently at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Ranger’s fan favorite Yu Darvish wasn’t in the lineup. He was recuperating from 2015 Tommy John surgery to repair an elbow injury. Some might say he dodged a bullet. At least he didn’t have to undergo rotator cuff surgery, which can be a career ender for a Major League pitcher.

Written by GAOrtho Admin on Thursday April 21, 2016
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